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Slow sales? Retailers hope holiday procrastinators will save their year
It will be down to holiday procrastinators to save the bottom lines of retailers, according to sales data. Sales were up 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through this past Monday compared to last year, which is a modest gain that is not in line with the National Retail ...
Procrastinators drive holiday sales  Mohave Valley News
Mind the time: Optimize last-minute shopping  Macro Insider
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Staples: Personal details of 1.2 million customers exposed in data breach
The retailer announced it was looking into a potential breach of credit card data back in October. About 1.2 million customers of Staples may have had their payment cards exposed to a data security breach earlier this year, the company said.
Shoppers' credit numbers hacked  The Australian
Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach  SFGate
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Insight - As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas
GENK, Belgium (Reuters) - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labour elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that ...
Ford Motor Company Swallows Bitter Pill in Europe  Motley Fool
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The capital of cheap gas
NEW YORK - A quiet city on the edge of the Ozarks is the only town in the entire country where the average price of gas is less than $2 a gallon.
Nearly Half of States Have Gas Selling for Less Than $2 a Gallon  SavingAdvice.com
Cheaper Oil, Fatter Wallets and a National Opportunity  New York Times
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Penton's Air Transport World Announces Southwest Airlines is 2015 Airline of ...
NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Air Transport World announced today that Southwest Airlines LUV, +1.25% is the recipient of its 2015 Airline of the Year Award.
Southwest Airlines is 2015 ATW Airline of the Year  ATWOnline
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US stocks post biggest weekly gains in nearly two years
Extending biggest gains for a third session on Friday, the US stocks closed the wild week with a rally that was fuelled by high expectations for the monetary policy to remain easy among major central banks for the anticipated future.
Dow jumps 400 points, best day in 3 years  Waterbury Republican American
Rally Continues as Oil Companies Lift Market  New York Times
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Another Eurozone Crisis
To combat the reduced rate of inflation (at a five-year low of 0.3%), Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank (ECB), cut its benchmark interest rate even lower from 0.15% to 0.05%, with the aim of boosting the lackluster economy.
ECB QE question marks cool three-day stocks rally  BDlive
ECB's Coene supports government bond purchases: newspaper  Reuters
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Most US States Are Seeing Jobs Growth, But New Unemployment Numbers Don ...
Forty-a single U.S. states employed more people in November than in the prior month, the U.S. Division of Labor said Friday. But mainly because these state figures don't count men and women who are underemployed or who have offered up searching for ...
Unemployment rate plummets in Delaware  Chron.com
California adds 90100 jobs in November  Los Angeles Times
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Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.
Albertsons in Port Angeles gets new owner; name change next year  Peninsula Daily
Keizer Albertsons purchased by Haggen Inc.  Statesman Journal
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Quick Read: Santa's not the only one traveling
More holiday travel than seen before: AAA says 98.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period (Dec. 23 to Jan. 4).
Low gas prices mean more people hit the road for holidays  Macro Insider
AAA: 3.8M Ohioans expected to travel for holidays  WTRF
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